Bolles, Lilly and Davis conclude their 2-parter in Detective 789 (Feb. 04).
Batman is tearing up the city, looking for the man now blamed for the murder the previous issue’s main character was sentenced to prison for.
When he finds him, the reaction is very similar to that of the woman last issue, which somehow clues Batman in that she must be lying, and the real killer. I really don’t follow the logic.
But he’s right, and the stone is the key, somewhat magical. It drives those it possesses into uncontrollable rage.
But Batman, able to control his rage, is able to crush it in one hand. Which is really kind of amazing, especially for a magical stone. But at least it resolves the storyline.
The Tailor begins in this issue, by AJ Lieberman, Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, and Daniel Green.
The titular character is a specialist who designs and makes costumes for Gotham’s villains, making him Batman’s version of the Flash’s Gambi. But this is Gotham, so he is a much darker and more serious character. A subway car of passengers is being held hostage by a man in armor, and Batman suspects the Tailor made the suit. He denies it, and refuses to help, as that would ruin his rep in the underworld.
Batman gets Oracle to call up the security cam from the car, and the Tailor sees that his daughter is one of the hostages.
The story continues next issue.